Collection by Aaron Britt

Best Midcentury Homes in America


Looking back at one our favorite architecture books from Assouline, Living Architecture: Greatest American Houses of the 20th Century, which shows a different perspective on some of the midcentury's most classic homes.

This large, wonderfully photographed tome by Dominique Browning and Lucy Gilmore serves up the '27 Yankees of American residential design. Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Hooper House II by Marcel Breuer, John Lautner's Elrod House, and the Schindler House by Rudolph Schindler are all present and accounted for. The photography falls to the likes of Robert Polidori, Dwell-favorite Jason Schmidt, Oberto Gili, and others. Suffice it to say, this is a book of lovingly rendered icons, the Hepburns, Monroes, and Liz Taylor's of modernist design. Have a look at this slideshow for a preview of what's inside.

Mies Van der Rohe's Farnsworth House adorns the cover of the book in a photo by Jason Schmidt.
Here's the Putterman House by Hugh Newell Jacobson from 1980.
Marcel Breuer's Hooper House II in Baltimore, Maryland proves that wonderfully natural materials, like these flagstones...
Here's a quiet interior of Paul Rudolph's 1955 Cohen House in Sarasota, Florida.
I don't know that I can really get my mind around this one, but the lap pool and office at Frank Gehry's Schnabel House...
Here's another view of the Schnabel House, this time from the back.
One of the most significant of Mies' works, the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, was built between 1945 and 1951...
Here's a view of the Farnsworth House's interior, all clean lines and classic modernist furniture.
I love this photo by Raymond Meier of the Palm Springs Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra.
Here's another take on the Kaufmann House by Neutra, the vertical lines serving as a nice counterpoint to the linear...
Marwan Al Sayed's House of Earth and Light is the most contemporary of what's in the book, and stands in wonderfully...
The Babe Ruth of American residential design, Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright continues to dazzle with its shifting...
Here's another view of Fallinwater, this one emphasizing the laterality of the Prairie Style.
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